Ask an MBA Student

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Mitesh Agrawal, MBA '15

mitesh.agrawal@sloan.mit.edu

Citizenship: India
Recent Location: Pune, India & Medellin, Colombia
Undergraduate University: IIT Madras, India
Degree and Major: B. Tech and M. Tech, Biotechnology

Pre-MBA Experiences
I started my career in management consulting at Deloitte. After that I moved on to provide consultancy to small-medium businesses and then joined a tech buyout private equity firm. Along with investing, I was heavily involved in supporting growth and operations of the portfolio companies. In the year prior to MIT Sloan, I founded a social enterprise focused on enhancing literacy in India using technology based solutions and made 500 people literate in a year’s time.

Post-MBA Ambitions
I wish to pursue a career in the pharma/ biotech industry where I can combine my technical knowledge and professional experience to create value. Alongside, I plan to participate in local community service work or movements targeted at reducing inequity in the world.

Interests/Hobbies
Playing music, cooking, traveling and hiking. I am a member of the Healthcare club at MIT Sloan.

Summer 2014 Internship
This past summer, I helped one of the largest asset manager firm in South America create an equity investment strategy for a new mutual fund that they are planning to launch in the region.

 

Hema Bajaj, MBA '15

hema.bajaj@sloan.mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate University: Columbia University (2009)
Degree and Major: B.A. Economics (minor Sociology)

Pre-MBA Experiences
After graduating, I worked at the Walt Disney Company as an Undergraduate Associate. For the past three years, I did Marketing for Nickelodeon Games Group, where I led several digital and print marketing initiatives. Outside of work, I was the Galas Manager for the Indian Film Festival of LA, for which I planned the Opening and Closing Night Galas, attended by over 1,200 guests, including world renowned actors and filmmakers.

Post-MBA Ambitions
After MIT Sloan, I would like to work in strategy consulting or human-centered design consulting. Long term, I want to work in a social enterprise that uses film and media to bring about social change.

Interests/Hobbies
Dancing, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling, baking, photography, and extreme sports.

Summer 2014 Internship
This summer, I interned in strategy at Google, particularly helping build YouTube's education strategy.

*Hema is one of the Co-Presidents of the MIT Sloan Class of 2015.

 

Alec Bear, MBA '15

abear@mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate University: The Colorado College
Degree and Major: BA Mathematical Economics

Pre-MBA Experiences
I spent the last five years working on the portfolio team of a boutique investment management company that specializes in high yield bond and micro- to mid-cap equity strategies. Most recently, served as a research analyst covering sub-industries of the Financials, Materials, and Consumer Discretionary sectors, generating investment ideas across both the high yield bond and equity asset classes.

Post-MBA Ambitions
The most rewarding part of my job was engaging with company management teams, exploring strategies to help navigate company business cycles, and developing investment and industry networks along the way. I am primarily focused on getting into management consulting, but also exploring opportunities in corporate finance and investment management. 

Interests/Hobbies
Skiing, fly fishing, soccer, ice hockey, and cooking.

 

Natalie Berfeld, MBA '15

nberfeld@mit.edu

Citizenship: Canada
Recent Location: Boston, MA
Undergraduate University: University of Waterloo
Degree and Major: Bachelor of Mathematics

Pre-MBA Experiences
Before MIT Sloan, I worked in the financial services industry, specifically as an actuary at a large multinational insurance company.

Post-MBA Ambitions
Consulting, risk management, and social impact.

Interests/Hobbies
Baking, traveling, swimming, and squash.

 

Tobias Breme, MBA '15

tobias.breme@sloan.mit.edu

Citizenship: Argentina
Recent Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Undergraduate University: Universidad de San Andrés
Degree and Major: Economics

Pre-MBA Experiences
Prior to joining MIT Sloan, I served as an Engagement Manager at The Mind Co., an innovative Latin American strategy consulting firm that supports Fortune 500 companies around the world.

Post-MBA Ambitions
After my MBA, I'm looking to transition to the energy industry by serving major oil and gas companies from a consulting or business development role.

Interests/Hobbies
Sportsman and ultra-endurance triathlete, avid traveler having visited 40+ countries.

 

Alanna Hughes, MBA '15

ahughes@mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Dominican Republic and Haiti
Undergraduate University: Georgetown ’08 School of Foreign Service
Degree and Major: B.S. in International Affairs, Regional and Comparative Studies (Latin America and Asia), Certificate in International Development

Pre-MBA Experiences
Dominican Republic Country Director for the New Development Solutions Group. I founded their first Caribbean office and have been designing/implementing their first Dominican models and co-leading models in Haiti since February 2012. We run community enterprise solutions – an NGO that’s invented the “MicroConsignment Model” which assesses which products & technologies could easily improve economic/health/environmental conditions in low income rural & urban communities and train local entrepreneurs to promote & sell these products. We also run Social Entrepreneur Corps, an internship program for undergraduates that operates as a social enterprise (generating revenue we reinvest in the MicroConsignment Model) and exposes young adults to field work in international development/social entrepreneurship firsthand.

Post-MBA Ambitions
I’m pretty sure I’m a social entrepreneur at my core, but I may take a crack at the private sector for a bit to hone some skills and pay off some debt before diving off a cliff again (like I did with a safety net under NDSG). Still hoping to get involved in a lot of entrepreneurship activity at MIT Sloan, though!

Interests/Hobbies
Travel, spending time with friends & family, running/hiking, going out dancing, reading, volunteering, and baking.

*Alanna is also part of the Tech Club leadership team. If you are interested in tech, feel free to contact her.

 

Gbenga Ige, MBA '15

gige@mit.edu

Citizenship: Nigeria
Recent Location: Columbus, Indiana
Undergraduate University: University of Idaho (Masters); Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (Bachelors)
Degree and Major: Electrical Engineering

Pre-MBA Experiences
I worked for Cummins Inc. a diesel engine manufacturer. In my last role before MIT Sloan, I led the team that delivered the fuel system software configuration for diesel engines sold in the North American, European, and Asian markets. My role also included the development of algorithms that ensured the engines met government emission regulations. I also worked with an NGO that provided educational supplies to low income elementary school students and coached U8 and U9 soccer in my free time.

Post-MBA Ambitions
I want to solve some of the most important problems businesses face all around the world as a consultant. As an extension to this, I intend to do some work in public policy as I believe that governments have the most impact when they work in concert with businesses to create successful public-private partnerships.

Interests/Hobbies
Self-professed soccer and Manchester United fanatic. I have tried so many times to learn to play the guitar that “learning to play” is now a hobby. I also enjoy road biking, international politics and cooking.

 

Zachary Levine, MBA '15

zlevine@mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate University: University of Pennsylvania
Degree and Major: BA in Mathematics

Pre-MBA Experiences
I spent five years at the Houston Chronicle including three covering the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball as a whole. After the 2012 season and almost 400 games covered from 30 different major league and spring training ballparks, I moved to Baseball Prospectus, where I wrote (and still write) a weekly column focusing on baseball statistics. Most of my practical experience as a writer involved finding places to eat in various U.S. cities after midnight.

Post-MBA Ambitions
While I don't expect to end up back in sports, I've surprised myself before. More likely, it will be data analysis in another sector, and I'm hoping to spend the next two years figuring out exactly where that will be.

Interests/Hobbies
Eating, gambling, running, and watching Jeopardy!

Summer 2014 Internship
Worked in casino gaming analytics for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas. Used statistical methods for fraud detection and revenue maximization on the casino floor.

 

Patrick James O’Brien, MBA '15

patrick.obrien@sloan.mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate University: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Degree and Major: BA, History, 2004

Pre-MBA Experiences
I came to MIT Sloan directly from serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, where I flew anti-submarine planes all around the world. I spent the last few years working in conjunction with the Boeing Company to develop the training programs for the Navy’s newest aircraft.

Post-MBA Ambitions
Consulting, Sustainability, Sports Media/Management.

Interests/Hobbies
Immersing my two young sons in Boston sports, playing hockey, camping around New England, and spending off-time on the South Shore.

 

Ishai Shvartz, MBA '15

ishaishvartz@gmail.com

Citizenship: Israel
Recent Location: Karmiel, Israel
Undergraduate University: Technion Israel's Institute of Technology
Degree and Major: BSc in Electrical Engineering (2004-2008), MSc in Electrical Engineering (2009-present)

Pre-MBA Experiences
Worked for 7 years as Hardware Developer in the defense industry, last 3 years as Team Leader of 8-10 Engineers.

Post MBA Ambitions
Entrepreneurship and Tech

Interests/Hobbies
Writing poetry and short stories, traveling, soccer, and basketball.

 

Erica Swallow, MBA '15

swallow@mit.edu

Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate University: New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Degree and Major: Bachelors of Science, Marketing and International Business co-major

Pre-MBA Experiences
Prior to MIT Sloan, I served as a technology journalist, writing with national outlets including Forbes, Mashable, and The Huffington Post, and was a marketing strategist at a number of technology startups.

Post MBA Ambitions
While at MIT Sloan, I’m founding Deliverish, a peer-to-peer delivery service which lets users get anything delivered, anytime, anywhere, powered by the people around them. After my MBA, I plan to work on developing my startup full-time.

Interests/Hobbies
In my free time, I enjoy discovering new places, wines, and foods.

Summer 2014 Internship
I spent the summer between years one and two of MIT Sloan in venture capital, serving as a summer associate at Boston-based venture capital firm General Catalyst, where I focused on sourcing early-stage deals pertinent to the future of work.

 

SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
MBA
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”

Kelsey McCarty
MBA
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan
SF
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan
MBA
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
MBA
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
MBA
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
MBA
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
MBA
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
MBA
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
SF
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."

Ramy Hakim
MBA
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
MBA
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"This year we were so fortunate to have 26 nationalities. So it was amazing exposure. I feel much more well rounded as a global business maker than I was before."
Abner Oliviera
SF
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
MBA
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
MBA

“There is a sense of research having validity and being important regardless of the area of inquiry.”

- Renee Richardson Gosline
Assistant Professor